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Disc jockeys

LC control 85038311
Topical headingDisc jockeys
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Disk jockeys
DJs (Disc jockeys)
See alsoMusicians
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Radio broadcasters
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Found inSmith, W. The pied pipers of rock 'n' roll : radio deejays of the 50s and 60s, c1989.
Hautzig, D.R. DJs, ratings, and hook tapes, c1993.
OCLC WorldCat, Sept. 23, 2002 (disc jockey; disk jockey; DJ; deejay)
Amer. Heritage dict of the Eng. lang., c2000 (disc jockey, also disk jockey)
Grove music online WWW site, March 26, 2004 (DJ (Disc jockey): i. A term first used in the early 1950s to describe those presenters who played and helped select the popular hits of the day for broadcast. ii. A performer in dance clubs who creates continuous music for dancing through the manipulation by mixing and joining of pre-recorded tracks. The DJ came to the fore in the USA in the late 1970s and early 80s at block parties, where two turntables and a mixer were used to create a seamless blend of beats, riffs and hooks as a backdrop for early rappers. With house music, DJ performance developed further with beat-mixing, which created a lengthy and seamless mix between records. By the mid-1990s, leading DJs performing at clubs drew comparable audiences to those of traditional concerts, often commanding higher fees and dominating the album charts with DJ-mixed compilations)